Noir - Hit List (Vol. 2)
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We still have our two assassins wrapped inside their own individual mysteries though we do inch closer to an explanation of who they are and how they got so hard-boiled. NOIR episodes are primarily two act plays with the characters and situations carefully set up in the first act and the resolution of the problems therein taking place during the second act.
In the first DVD our two hired guns usually assassinated people of dubious intent or who just plain deserved it. That paradigm blurs a little here in this second DVD whereas a target in one of the episodes was not necessarily a bad man; but that is up for debate. As a result, this particular episode gave the characterizations and the plotline much more texture.
The dub is excellent with some very fine voice acting. The character design is very good, especially MireilleÕs hair which lays on her shoulders like structures rather than Òspiky massesÓ. Liner notes come with this DVD, which even explains the kind of guns the characters use such as the Beretta M1934, and a Walther P99. Other weapons are described as well if you are interested. It also contains some production notes too and more.
If you like anime with female centric characters with character appeal; rather than "fan service" flashing, this one is for you.
The next episode is full of flashbacks, and mysterious spiritual messages, on the meaning of Noir, and the ties between the two women. In Japanese culture, I believe an invisible red thread connects two lovers, here a black thread is mentioned, as to be connecting two people, who share a common destiny.
The DVD ends with a two-part story that explores some of the fears, and childhood memories of Mireille's back in Corsica. Silvana, a heartless, and accomplished assassin is the target. There is some apprehension on Mireille's part, as she has a long standing fear of this woman, who apparently knows no fear herself. The body count really mounts with this one. The action scenes are artistic, and spectacular, as is the scenery. The other main theme of the two-part story is that Silvana holds a document, a contract originally put out on Mireille's own parents. Will it reveal something more about the people chasing NOIR from the shadows?
Once again the music seems appropriate, and spectacular for these episodes. I believe it serves as a substitute for the lack of comic, or other relief, contained in the dark tone of the series. It seems to convey a missing pulse in the two main characters.Read more ›
Kirika begins to show her true emotions as a human being, and the audience will learn that Merielle has her own fears in life as well. The seemingly invincible Noir will begin to struggle in the face of their new enemies, and for the first time the viewer will be swept by a sense of dreadful uncertainty. How will Kirika and Merielle overcome the deadly curse that has followed them ever since they met? You must see it for yourself.
Aside from the superb story-line, there are a couple of improvements in the series that will make "The Hit List" worth watching even for those that didn't like "Shades of Darkness":
1) Action -- Some have complained that the action sequences in the "Shades of Darkness" were not fluid enough and looked somewhat stilted at times. They will regret that they have ever made such remarks, as "The Hit List" has some of the most mind blowing gunfight sequences around. You will be glued to your seat as Kirika runs through the midnight forest amidst flying machine gun bullets.
2) Music -- Some have also complained that "Shades of Darkness" lacked in variety of music. A whole new array of compositions is introduced in "The Hit List," thanks again to Yuki Kajiura.
But the constant flashbacks are a bit annoying, especially if you, like me, watch at least 3 episodes at every setting. It feels like the makers were trying to make the episodes longer by inserting flashbacks that we'd already seen before because of a lack of material.
Another thing that the show has going for it was the great score and lyricized songs. However, it's still a bit odd how every single character in the show spoke Japanese although the show took place in France and that most of the songs with lyrics had lyrics in Italian. But the songs are nonetheless great, Canta Per Me being the greatest. Too bad there isn't any Karaoke version of it out there. I'd love to be able to download it and sing it at my weekly school assembly.
All in all, this is a good show. Download it (the fansub), buy it or borrow it from friends. Great show, great characters, great music.
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Kirika and Mirielle are assassins for hire. They'll rub out anyone for enough money. Kirika has anmesia. All she recalls is the skills she has as an assassin. Read morePublished on November 27, 2012 by KevinB
Noir is an adventure series based around a French hit woman named Mireille and a Japanese school girl named Kirika. Read morePublished on March 8, 2009 by Graves
In Noir: Vol. 2 - Hit List, Mireille Bouquet and Kirika Yuumura are the duo that make up the international "assassin" known as Noir. Read morePublished on September 12, 2005 by L. Mintah
This Noir DVD starts out with filler, but ends with story. The first two episodes, while somewhat touching and action filled, don't really do much to move the story along, thou... Read morePublished on February 27, 2004 by Michael Valdivielso
Kill or be Killed. Assassination is not an easy job even if it can be done with a single shot.
In Episode 6 - Lost Kitten, to Mireille, killing an old man is an easy job. Read more
Noir's second installment is a grab bag of boredom and intrigue. As many fans of anime have noticed, directors tend to strive for implied meaning and subtlety more so than... Read morePublished on June 6, 2003 by Scott Walldren
This is the 2nd DVD of the Noir series, with four complete episodes.
As expected, the story is unraveled slowly as the series progresses. Read more
The second volume of Noir shows me that this series is continuing to evolve into a deep, engrossing Anime drama; and that is a good sign. Read morePublished on May 25, 2003 by H. A Huffman